Tribute: Manoel de Oliveira

O Acto da Primavera

Rite Of Spring
Manoel de Oliveira
P 1962
90 min

O ACTO DA PRIMAVERA looks sideways toward Jean Rouch and ahead to Abbas Kiarostami in its use of a northern village’s denizens, whom Oliveira has re-enact their annual day-long Passion Play for the cameras. Neither a documentary nor fiction, the movie is equal parts religious action, masquerade, Kenneth Anger-ish rite, home movie, dissection of moviemaking itself, and, of course, bio-pic of Christ, performed with sacred, clumsy fervor by hundreds of raw worshippers. It’s one of the best films about Christ, because it’s about devotion – its beauties and idiocies – on every level, and it reflects on the dramatic impulse behind religious feeling to boot. (Michael Atkinson)

Supporting film: A CAÇA 1963, Manoel de Oliveira, 21 Min

From the collection of the Cinemateca Portuguese and with support from the Österreichischen Filmmuseums

further screening: Nov. 13, 20:30 Filmmuseum

  • Nicolau Nunes Da Silva - Christus
  • Maria Madalena - Maria Magdalena
  • Francisco Luís - Pilatus
  • Ermelinda Pires
  • Amélia Chaves
  • Luis De Sousa
  • Manoel de Oliveira based on the play «Auto da Paixão» by Francisco Vaz de Guimarães
  • Manoel de Oliveira
  • Manoel de Oliveira
  • Manoel de Oliveira
  • Jayme Valverde
  • Jayme Valverde
Filmes Lusomundo
Cinemateca Portuguesa
35 mm
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